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The Die Hard series may be alive and well, but there's a unique story behind the writing of each one…
As any action fanatic will tell you, Die Hard is among the best films of its type ever made. Tautly directed by John McTiernan, deceptively well shot by cinematographer Jan de Bont, and full of charismatic turns from Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia, it’s seldom been bettered, even by its sequels.
The key to the first film's success, and the sequels in their best moments, is hero John McClane. Tough, sarcastic but ultimately human and relatable, he cuts a very different figure from the beefed-up, larger-than-life heroes of 1980s and 90s action cinema. When John McClane gets shot or injured, he actually feels pain. It's something we were keenly aware of in the 1988 original, but gradually ebbed away as the Die Hard franchise drifted from thriller territory »
A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as there are no cookies... What a maddening episode of "Parenthood" was "Lean In," full of Bravermans behaving badly (and, on occasion, the Braverman-adjacent doing the same), and the show only sometimes seeming to be aware that this is what was happening. This week's worst offenders: Kristina and Adam, who are spectacularly out of line for the majority of the episode. It's not just that Kristina has completely failed her role as headmistress and protector of the other kids at Chambers by choosing to be Max's mother first and foremost, but that she and Adam are doing such a lousy job of being Max's parents. There is trying to make the world bend a little to accommodate a kid with special needs, and then there is enabling your son's ongoing harassment of other kids in his class, getting angry »
- Alan Sepinwall
Is there an official petition we can sign in protest of NBC’s spoiler-filled “Next week on…” promos?
I realize that might be a bit excessive, but there’s no better example of the Peacock Network ruining a climactic moment than Thursday’s episode of Parenthood, which found Joel and Julia finally taking a baby step toward reconciliation.
Even though we Joel/Julia fans were cheering at our TV screens (and/or wiping that darn dust out of our eyes) when Joel finally fought for his wife, didn’t we all know this moment was coming? Aside from the dialogue, »
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Despite mediocre and poor ratings, Parenthood managed to escape being cancelled for years. But now, NBC has decided to end the show with season six. Will the ratings rise in the final year or will they drop even lower? Will they regret the decision? Stay tuned.
Parenthood follows the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The large ensemble cast includes Bonnie Bedelia, Joy Bryant, Tyree Brown, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Lauren Graham, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Peter Krause, Xolo Mariduena, Craig T. Nelson, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Dax Shepard, and Mae Whitman.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am »
In this week’s episode of Parenthood, when the doctors and nurses rolled Zeek Braverman toward the operating room from which he knew he might not emerge, it was pretty impossible to fight off the tears. That was partly because of Craig T. Nelson’s delivery of his open-heart farewell to Bonnie Bedelia. “I’m scared, Millie,” Zeek said, his voice cracking so severely that his last words came out like a baby bird’s squawk. “I’ll see ya.” But it was also because of the way Camille responded after Zeek was whisked away, leaving her with just his wedding band of gold to clutch. The camera kept its eye on Camille in that moment, and it let us see her break, then attempt to regroup. It was the rare occasion when Parenthood has given Bedelia the space and time to let some personal, intense emotion naturally spill out of her character. »
- Jen Chaney
The Bravermans are heading into new territory this season on NBC's Parenthood. After an uphill fight, Zeke Braverman (Craig T. Nelson) realized that he needed to face his fears and take care of himself so he could be there for his rapidly growing family, so he made the decision to have heart surgery. In an exclusive photo from next week's Parenthood, the head of the Braverman family goes under the knife — but it's unclear just how the surgery goes as Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) visits Zeke in
- Lesley Goldberg
A contender for greatest thriller of all time, John McTiernan's towering action inferno pits Bruce Willis's New York cop John McClane against sneering villain Alan Rickman and his Euro-terrorists in an La skyscraper. With little help from the authorities outside and his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) among the hostages on the inside, McClane has a mountain of problems to climb... in his bare feet. »
Bruce Willis returns as John McClane, the New York cop who always seems to be in the wrong place at the right time (usually around Christmas). This time, he's waiting for his wife (Bonnie Bedelia) to land at Washington DC's Dulles Airport when, whaddya know, along comes a gang of terrorists to create more air chaos than an Icelandic volcano. It's mayday, mayday, with a yippee-ki-ay! »
Things were a little touch and go for awhile but NBC has now renewed Parenthood for a sixth season. It will be the last season and the cast and crew will have 13 episodes to say goodbye.
Parenthood revolves around the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The ensemble cast includes Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Tyree Brown, Joy Bryant, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Xolo Mariduena, Mae Whitman, with Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.
The series has never been a ratings hit for NBC but it has remained a pretty consistent performer with a devoted fanbase. This season, the ratings took a pretty dramatic downturn, dropping 20-30% compared to the fourth season. Shows like Revolution, Growing Up Fisher, and Believe all had better ratings but they were cancelled.
The network »
Sounds like there's some trouble over at the Braverman house. Deadline reports that the show may be cancelled over salary and cost-cutting measures.
Airing on NBC since 2010, Parenthood revolves around the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The ensemble cast includes Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Tyree Brown, Joy Bryant, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Xolo Mariduena, Mae Whitman, with Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.
Word is that NBC wants to renew the show for a final season of 13 episodes. To cut costs, the network/studio has asked the large cast to reduce their episode guarantee from 13 to nine episodes. That would mean that they'd potentially only appear in and be paid for nine installments.
Reportedly, they don't want to do that and the cast and studio are at »
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 22, “The Pontiac”
Written by Jason Katims
Directed by Lawrence Trilling
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Haddie comes home, Sarah comes to her senses, and Zeek and Camille dance
Parenthood has had an uneven season. After starting the year out promisingly, odd and unexamined character choices started to take over the show, leaving the audience to connect the dots to understand the extreme reactions (or lack of reactions) demonstrated by several characters. Joel, swamped at work (except when he isn’t), reacts poorly to Julia’s indiscretion and leaves. Hank’s back, but he’s not with Sarah, and no one knows why. Kristina runs for mayor, because remission? , and Adam, inspired by her, convinces Crosby to start their own label. Several of these storylines overstayed their welcome, stretched too thinly over the 22-episode season, but fortunately the finale draws more »
- Kate Kulzick
From Anchor Bay Entertainment, the 30th anniversay edition of director Jonathan Kaplan's Oscar nominated 1983 feature "Heart Like a Wheel" starring Bonnie Bedelia as real-life racing champion 'Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney', is now available on DVD:
"...overcoming sexist hurdles, Shirley works hard to qualify for the major auto race competitions of America. Firmly in her cheering section is her dad Hoyt Axton, and--at least at first--her husband 'Jack'.
"When Jack, jealous of Shirley's success, leaves her, she casts her lot with troublesome banned racer 'Connie Kalitta' (Beau Bridges).
"The film comes to a head at the 1966 'National Hot Rod Association World Championship', which Shirley eventually wins three times..."
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- Michael Stevens
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 15, “Just Like at Home”
Written by Ian Deichtman & Kristin Rusk Robinson
Directed by Allison Liddi-Brown
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
Parenthood has struggled this season with a handful of storylines, most notably the Julia and Joel friction and eventual trial separation. While this arc has felt contrived and frustratingly unexplored, from Joel’s perspective at the very least, the fallout from his decision two episodes ago has been fantastic, both in concept and execution. This week, Sydney and Victor head to Joel’s new apartment for their first weekend away from home, leaving Julia alone with her thoughts (and Orange is the New Black), and watching each set of characters react to this, and the way writers Ian Deichtman and Kristin Rusk Robinson »
- Kate Kulzick
On tonight’s edition of Inside TV on EW Radio, the Parenthood star who plays matriarch Camille Braverman talks about why we’ll probably never see her reprise her iconic role as Holly McClane in the Die Hard series. She also talks about Camille’s meaty story arc this season — her best one yet.
- Lynette Rice
15 items from 2014
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